What is Psychology?

Psychology is the study of human behaviour, cognition and emotion.

The curricula taught at NWU consist of a fixed composition of modules that focuses on Psychology as major subject. In compiling the curricula, career opportunities and the manpower needs of our country were considered.

These curricula also prepare the students for postgraduate studies in Psychology.

Career Opportunities in Psychology

There are currently six registration categories recognised by the HPCSA.

These are:

  • Clinical Psychology 
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Research Psychology
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Educational Psychology 
  • Neuropsychology

The NWU Department of Psychology offers professional training in Clinical, Counselling and Research Psychology.

Master of Health Sciences in Clinical- and Counselling Psychology

Admission requirements

University admission for undergraduate studies requires the following:

Please refer to admission requirements on the infographics available.

Manner and presentation of qualifications

3 year undergraduate degree
Qualifications available: There are only 5 housed within Health Sciences.

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences with Physiology and Psychology (PC)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Behavioural Sciences with Psychology and Labour Relations Management (PC/VC)
  • Bachelor of Arts with Psychology and Geography and Environmental Studies (PC)
  • Bachelor of Arts with Psychology and Tourism Management (PC)
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences with Psychology (MC)

Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours in Psychology

Applications open 1 April 2023 and close 31 August 2023.

Please note:

  • Even though applications have opened, we strongly recommend that you only apply once your third year, first semester psychology marks are available and displayed on your academic record. Your application will be incomplete without these marks.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Please read the information letter carefully before starting your application process.
  • Please ensure that you complete step 1 and step 2 of the application process, as explained in the information letter.

Master of Health Sciences in Research Psychology 

The closing date for applications is on the 30th of September 2023 at 16:00.